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GAIN: Nearly half of RMG workforce malnourished

Ensuring the access to nutritious and safe food for the workers can ensure utilization of full potential or productivity of workers

Update : 29 Sep 2020, 01:23 PM

Swiss organization Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) has said that some 43% of workers in the Bangladesh’s lucrative ready-made garments (RMG) industry suffer from malnutrition.

“About 7.9% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Bangladesh is lost annually due to anemia among the workers, said Moniruzzaman Bipul, portfolio lead of GAIN said while presenting the keynote at a regional sensitization meeting, organised by Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishment (DIFE) and GAIN, at Sonargaon Hotel in the Dhaka on Monday.

Citing a report of World Health Organization (WHO) of 2003, he said adequate nourishment can raise national productivity by 20%. Ensuring the access to nutritious and safe food for the workers can ensure utilization of full potential or productivity of workers.

Although nutrition interventions have a significant impact on productivity, the issue is always often side-lined, he said, calling for improvement of nutrition knowledge of workers and increase availability and accessibility to nutritious and safe food of workers, he added.

Around 350,000 to 420,000 workers in the country’s RMG sector and proper nutrition intake will generate a sustainable business growth, he insisted.

KM Abdus Salam, secretary of Ministry of Labour and Employment, also attended the program as the chief guest.

Chaired by DIFE Inspector General Shib Nath Roy, Dr Rudaba Khondker, country director of GAIN Bangladesh; Dr Md Mustafizur Rahman, joint inspector general of DIFE, Dr Muttaquina Hossain, associate scientist of icddr,b; Fazlee Shamim Ehsan, director of BKMEA, Hanifur Rahman Lotus, chair-health standing committee of BGMEA were also present there among others.

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